Let's travel around the world with Yuko! In this column, Yuko will introduce to you the national costumes from all over the world. Then the Cambodia costumes will be introduced in the ninth programme. When mention Cambodia, people will think of the Angkor Wat, a very famous World Cultural Heritage.
[Let's Celebrate Tango no Sekku]
In Japan, the "Tango no Sekku" is held on May 5th to celebrate the boys' healthy and strong growth. I have introduced to you the "Momonosekku" in the article of March which is the festival to pray for girls'healthy growth and getting happiness, so the "Tango no Sekku" can be called its boy version, and the Japanese "Kodomonohi" on May 5th is declared as national holiday. This time, I will introduce to you the boys' festival, the Tango no Sekku.
[Observe the Proprieties for Hanami]
Spring has already arrived. Then what shall we do in Japan during this season? Yes, that must be hanami. The traditional custom of hanami which is always referring to enjoying the sakura started from the Heian Period, it was said that the nobles at that time had a hobby of reciting poetry while enjoying sakura. Nowadays, everyone has the opportunity to enjoy sakura, but we shall not forget to observe the proprieties for hanami. This time, I will introduce to you such proprieties!
Celebrate the Momonosekku
The "Momonosekku" is a spring festival that shall be celebrated on March 3. This festival is also known as the "Hinamatsuri", on this day, people will take some traditional activities such as dressing up dolls or eating special cuisine of Momonosekku to pray for girls'healthy growth and getting happiness. This time, I will introduce to you this "Hinamatsuri".
Eating beans to drive away the evil!
Speaking of events in February, Valentine's Day must be the most famous festival all over the world, while in Japan, there is also a customary activity similar to the Valentine's Day, the Setsubun. "Setsubun" is on February 3 (the day before the beginning of spring in Japan), and on this day, people will throw the fortune beans to drive away the evil. Why do people do that? This time I will introduce to you the Japanese "Setsubun".
Lucky to eat in New Year's Holiday
Happy new year, everyone!
Please take a lot care of yuko series this year！
In Japan, the first few days of the new year are called New Year's Holiday.
The Japanese has the habit of praying for good luck, so there are various customs in the New Year's Holiday.